Aaron Paul has made a career out of starring on Breaking Bad as Jesse Pinkman, the meth-producing and distributing partner of Walter White. However, with Breaking Bad at a close, Paul needs some new options. Here are five TV dramas that could hold potential for Paul’s future.
1. “The Following” After being Walter White’s sidekick, surely Aaron Paul has gotten used to being second-in-command for a major operation, which is a perfect match for The Following. With Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) in prison, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is going to need a new adversary, a perfect option for Paul. He can run Carroll’s operation from the outside, while still having an older, wiser consultant to fall back on for advice.
2. “Suits” Maybe Aaron Paul could benefit from some legal counsel after all of his time avoiding run-ins with the police on Breaking Bad. Paul could play an old friend from Mike’s drug days who is now in enough trouble to need a high-profile lawyer. Their reunion would give Mike (Patrick J. Adams) a flashback to his past and a headline-worthy client for his future.
3. “Criminal Minds” Full disclosure: Aaron Paul was on one episode of Criminal Minds in 2005, playing a satanic group leader. Whether that storyline continued or spun into a different direction, Aaron Paul could be the best Criminal Minds guest star since C. Thomas Howell portrayed Foyet. Breaking Bad has shown us that Paul can easily play the flawed, misguided young man. Criminal Minds can take those flaws and turn them into a full-blown serial killer.
4. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Picture it, Aaron Paul as a flashy, overconfident superhero a la Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four. Marvel eats up the “rebel, but still a good guy” type of character, and Paul would make the perfect bad boy-turned-do-gooder that Marvel seeks. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Aaron Paul would be the jumpstart they need to boost their ratings, and the perfect outlet for him to get away from being permanently typecast as a criminal.
5. “Homeland” Best Supporting Actor meets Best Drama … what could be more perfect? Aaron Paul would fit right in with a talent-studded cast. Paul is versatile enough to play many roles on this show, but one idea is Nicholas Brody’s (Damian Lewis) protégé, as a troubled ex-military man that Brody takes under his wing to help him return to normal life. Brody was in a similar situation (well, plus terrorism) so he would serve as a perfect(ish) role model for a young, disturbed Paul. With this amount of talent all in one television show though, Aaron could play the CIA janitor and still find success on Homeland. What are your ideas for guest-starring roles that Aaron Paul could play in the future?